Elliott Named ACC Postgrad Scholarship Recipient

Twenty-six Atlantic Coast Conference scholar-athletes have been named recipients of the 2004 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarships, as announced by Commissioner John Swofford. The scholarships are given to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate-level degree following graduation.

Each recipient will receive $5,000 to use towards his or her graduate education. Student-athletes receiving the award have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, three student-athletes will receive Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Awards. These students will be recognized for their outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom throughout their collegiate careers and intend to compete in their respective sports at the Olympic or professional level.

The award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James as well as Gene Corrigan, past ACC commissioners. The league's first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954 to 1970 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.

Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.

Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987 and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan's tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA national championships and two national football titles.

Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver award, originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James award, beginning in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.

The following is a complete list of the Weaver-James-Corrigan scholars:

Clemson - Antonio L. Elliott (football); Allison C. Mitchell (soccer); Kanetra L. Queen (basketball); Duke - Leigh Anne Hardin (golf); Alex Wade (football); Brent Warner (track & field); Florida State - Anca Dumitrescu (tennis); Michael Paulus (swimming); Tonya K. Rasor (swimming); Georgia Tech - Kele Drew Eveland (volleyball); Hal Franklin Higgins (football); Marvin Anthony Lewis (basketball); Maryland - Emily Kathryn Marker (tennis); Sara Gina Silvetti (field hockey); North Carolina - Rebecca Dale Acker (swimming); Jessica Erin Perruquet (swimming); Alice Ann Schmidt (cross country & track); NC State - Megan Elizabeth Coombs (cross country & track); Adam Paul Kiker (football); Kristin Michelle Price (cross country & track); Virginia - Amy McParland Baly (swimming); Ian Marshall Prichard (swimming); Luke Eugene Wagner (swimming); Wake Forest - William Russell Hesmer (soccer); Weston Wyatt Saunders (soccer); Katherine Barden Winstead (soccer).

Recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan honorary awards follow: North Carolina - Jeb Barton Terry (football); Duke - Virada Nirapathpongporn (golf); Virginia - Jen Ann Reck (rowing).

The 29 student-athletes will be honored Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis. The luncheon will be held at the Koury Convention Center.

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